Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
Stage One: Claire (my daughter) screening sand, pushing it by hand through a 1/4 inch screen:
Stage Two: Cranking up the oldies, dancing (stomping) the sand into some very wet clay to mix it.
Stage Three: While the sand was being mixed, straw was being thrown into a large barrel and attacked with a weed whacker to break it into small pieces. This was mixed into the mud mix to form "cob" or natural plaster. (That's my foot at the bottom.)
Stage Four: The natural plaster is patted by hand onto the floor, which had a rough layer already on it. Levels are used to check for consistent thickness, and trowels are used to smooth it.
Stage Five: The finished floor needs to cure for at least a week before being walked on.
Here's the bed and breakfast where I stayed - like the rest of Dancing Rabbit, it's all off the grid.
Off the grid includes plumbing - so the toilet is a composting toilet. Note the lack of a handle for flushing.